GMC Sierra HD All Terrain X Set to Tackle the Outdoors

Sierra HD All Terrain XThe new 2017 GMC Sierra HD All Terrain X combines heavy-duty capabilities with incredible off-road performance.  Buyers will love its trail-ready abilities matched with the Sierra’s ever-present sophistication.

This is the third model in GMC’s All Terrain X series and joins the Canyon and Sierra 1500 models that are already available.

“The new Sierra HD All Terrain X’s powerful attitude reflects a popular trend in very capable off-road trucks, executed with a range-topping level of refinement — a combination of attributes GMC has cultivated for years,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing.

Powered by an all-new, next-generation Duramax 6.6-liter V8 turbo-diesel and with standard four-wheel drive, the Sierra HD All Terrain X won’t let anything stand in its way. It delivers 445 horsepower and an incredible 910 lb-ft of torque.

In addition to its incredible power, this special truck comes with 18-inch black-painted aluminum wheels, Goodyear Duratrac MT-rated off-road tires, 4-inch black sport side steps, black sport bar, a unique body-color grille surround, body-color door handles and side moldings, a spray-on bedliner, and more. Buyers can choose between Black Onyx and Summit White exterior colors.

This incredible truck will be available this fall and will be ready to tackle whatever adventures come your way.

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Things to Do in Tampa around Thanksgiving Weekend

in Tampa around ThanksgivingIf you are planning to be in Tampa around Thanksgiving, there will be plenty of things to do, besides spend the day with your family. Here are some excellent family-friendly events you should consider going to.

  • Busch Gardens Christmastown. Opening the day after Thanksgiving (November 25th), visitors can experience a winter wonderland right here in Florida. You can meet Rudolph and Santa and experience the joy of more than two million twinkling lights.
  • Arabian Horse Thanksgiving Show. If you’re a horse lover, plan on catching this spectacular horse show that features the beautiful Arabian breed. There will be exhibitors from all across the country. It will run November 24th through the 26th at the Florida State Fairgrounds.
  • Turkey Trot. If you want to burn off some Thanksgiving calories before they even get in your belly, sign up to run in the Tamp Bay Turkey Trot. There are numerous races to choose from starting as early as 7am.
  • ThanksVegan Dinner. For those of us who prefer to eat animals, or if you just want to experience something new, attend the 11th annual Tampa ThanksVegan Dinner on November 24th at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa at 1:30pm.

Which Thanksgiving events are you planning to attend in Tampa this year?

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Buick Launches Avenir Sub-Brand

Buick Avenir Sub-brand

After catching a glimpse of the Buick Avenir concept car at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in 2015, we have to say we became incredibly excited about the potential future of Buick. And while not all concept cars come to fruition, it seems that Buick is taking a step in the right direction with their announcement of a sub-brand with the Avenir name.

What this Avenir sub-brand means is that Buick will possibly take specific details and finishes from the concept car of the same name (along with the Avista concept, introduced at the 2016 NAIAS) and apply them to pre-existing Buick models, similar to what GMC has done with their Denali trims. What Buick has learned in recent years is that their audience has been evolving and that they expect higher quality and performance in the vehicles from the classic brand, so the adjusted sub-brand will hopefully cater to those expectations.

The projected release date for Avenir (French word for “future”) will be during the 2018 model year. More details of the sub-brand should be announced in the next year and we will be sure to keep our eyes and ears open. Visit us at Rivard Buick GMC if you have any questions or would like to test drive any vehicles we have available!

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Creatures of the Night at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

Creatures of the Night - Tampa

The Tampa Lowry Park Zoo is featuring an event this year to celebrate Halloween with the family and some favorite furry animals. The Creatures of the Night attraction allows visitors to view the animals at night in their habitats and is open on Fridays and Saturdays of this month until the 29th. New this year is the inclusion of Asia, Africa, and Primate World during the night viewing.

Along with watching the illuminated animal areas, there will also be special scare zones for moderate frights (for all ages) throughout the zoo and family-friendly activities over at Wallaroo Station’s “Pumpkin Palooza.” The kids, 11 and under, can come dressed up as their favorite characters but be sure to leave any toy weapons at home, as they are not permitted.

Access to Creatures of the Night is included with all-day admission and if you arrive after 4pm, you’ll get tickets at a discounted price of $19.95. Zoo members get into the night attraction for free and dining plans are also available for purchase online if you plan on having dinner while at the zoo.

The Creatures of the Night attraction at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is open until 10pm and if you’d like more information, visit their website: http://www.lowryparkzoo.org/creatures.

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Tampa Events and Activities: Explore the Big Guava Today

Tampa events and activitiesLooking for the latest Tampa events and activities? Check out this list of places to visit in the area. The Tampa region is known for its nightlife, its rich history, and diverse culture. There’s bound to be something for everyone in the area. Plus, if you get a new GMC model it’ll be easier than ever to see what’s happening in Tampa.

According to TripAdvisor, one of the top places to visit is the Busch Gardens. Winner of the 2016 Travelers Choice Award from TripAdvisor, this theme park is operated by SeaWorld Entertainment. There are 335 acres and more than 2,700 animals in the park, and there are also a range of unforgettable roller coasters and rides to explore. Perfect for the whole family, Busch Gardens is a must-see destination.

You should also explore the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Architecture buffs will love this engineering marvel, though everyone can enjoy the beauty and symmetry of this exquisite bridge. Take your GMC over this bridge, which was designed by Figg & Muller Engineering in the 1950s. Ranked among one of the top engineering sights in the world by the Travel Channel, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge is truly memorable.

Finally, stop by the Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center. You can see these majestic beasts swim in the open water, a perfect activity for kids. These noble creatures are only found in certain parts of the world, making this center a true Tampa activity. These are just some of the many fun things to do in the area. Explore your community today.

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2017 Sierra 1500 Capabilities: An Unstoppable Force

2017 Sierra 1500 capabilities at Rivard Buick GMC

The 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 is back and better than ever. The brand has added some unique upgrades that make this model truly impressive, offering unparalleled capabilities. If you want a truck that won’t quit, check out the new Sierra 1500.

The 2017 Sierra 1500 capabilities depend on the choice of engine you select, according to GMC. Options include the EcoTec3 5.3-liter V8 engine with best-in-class fuel economy, as well as the 6.2-liter engine with up to 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. When properly equipped, this model has a maximum trailering capacity of up to 12,500 pounds. You heard right.

Other great features on this model include innovative technologies like available Hill Descent Control to give you added handling when driving on tricky terrain. Plus, with an optional Eaton automatic rear locking differential, there is less slippage especially when hauling heavy loads.

You can also find trailering and hauling technologies on the new Sierra 1500. This includes trailer sway control to keep you safe as you haul, and a Tow/Haul mode selector works to optimize gear ratios. A trailer brake controller giver you added control at the touch of a button, while the Max Trailering Package is perfect for those looking to make this pickup a true workhorse.

These are just some of the many great features that make the Sierra 1500 unstoppable. Stop by for a test drive today.

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Restyled GMC Acadia Debuts for 2017

Restyled GMC Acadia - Rivard Buick GMC in TampaEverybody loves the GMC Acadia, whether it’s for its style, size, or power. But now there’s even more to love about it! The restyled GMC Acadia is new for 2017 and has lots to offer. Check it out!

The restyling starts with a trim-down, losing 700 pounds with the new model year. With this weight comes a decrease in size, but not without its benefits! The Acadia now fits neatly into the midsize crossover segment and has new rivals like the Honda Pilot and Nissan Pathfinder.

Despite its decrease in size, you’ll still have plenty of room on the interior. You can fit up to five passengers, and six or seven with the optional third row.

Another update the Acadia receives is a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder Ecotec engine. You’ll still get plenty of oomph, with 194 horsepower and 190 ft-lb of torque. Don’t think you won’t get efficiency, though. You can get up to 26 mpg on the highway, an impressive number for a midsize SUV.

So if you want space, efficiency, and power, you’ll have the perfect combination of all three with the newly restyled GMC Acadia. Check it out at Rivard Buick GMC!

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Swim at the Beach… in Downtown Tampa!

There’s lots to love Beach in Downtown Tampaabout the beach, whether it’s the sun, sand, or the water! But now, the beach is coming to downtown Tampa thanks to a group called Snarkitecture.

The event is called “The Beach Tampa by Snarkitecture” and it’s open August 5th through August 25th at Amalie Arena in Tampa. So, what is it? The Beach Tampa makes its own ocean from 1.2 million white balls (which are all recyclable and antimicrobial!). They fill the 15,000-square-foot arena to make a giant swimming area. In the arena, there’s also a pier that you can walk on, beach huts, chairs, and umbrellas!

Forget about those nightmares about ball pits from your childhood. This will be different, since the white balls that Snarkitecture uses are protected with an item called GermBLOCK, which protects them (and you!) from germs.

Even better? This event is available at no cost! You can enjoy The Beach Tampa for completely free! It’s open Monday to Thursday from 12 – 8 pm, Friday from 12 to 10 pm, Saturday from 10 am – 10 pm and Sunday from 10 am – 6 pm. So grab your (regular clothes?) and have a ball!

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GMC Denali Trims: Luxury, Entertainment & More

GMC Denali Trims - Rivard Buick GMC TampaYou may have seen the term “Denali” when shopping for a new GMC model, but what does it really mean? This nameplate is reserved for top-of-the-line GMC vehicles, ranging from the Sierra to the Yukon. With exclusive features, trims, and designs, it doesn’t get much better than the GMC Denali trims.

According to PickupTrucks.com, the Denali is the epitome of luxury. Since 2015, the Denali models generally make up about 20 percent of the model lineup, offering features like leather seating, real wood and metal accents, chrome exterior trim, large alloy wheels, and the latest high-tech gadgets. Plus, Denali models always come standard with the best in safety and performance.

“In the end, the 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali is a really nice truck with lots of great interior finishes combined with a powerful yet fuel-efficient powertrain,” said auto writer Mark Williams. “This truck makes traveling a lot more comfortable.”

In addition to the Sierra 1500, the Yukon Denali is also one of the most popular premium trims from GMC. The Yukon Denali comes with state-of-the-art systems like keyless entry and remote start, IntelliLink, Bose Centerpoint surround sound, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and touchscreen navigation. It also has leather trim and heated seating, wireless charging for mobile devices, HID lighting, and polished 20-inch alloy wheels.

If you want the best in luxury, check out the GMC Denali trims. You’ll be surprised by the level of sophistication you can get in one of these models.

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Tampa Art and Culture: Explore Your Community

Tampa Art and Culture - Rivard Buick GMCThe Tampa area has a thriving art community, from museums to shows and exhibits. Whether you love classic or contemporary art, local or international displays, there is something for everyone in the Tampa area.

Tampa art and culture is an eclectic mix of American, Caribbean, Latino, and other influences. If you love museums, you should head down to the Tampa Museum of Art. According to Arts Tampa Bay, this is one of the most popular art museums in the area. It features modern and contemporary art, as well as a collection of Roman classics. Located in downtown Tampa, this museum was first opened in 1979. With a newly redesigned award-winning building, you’re bound to fall in love with the Tampa Museum of Art.

Want to catch a show? The Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts and the Tampa Theater are great places to see music, cinema, and drama.  As a complex of five theaters, the Straz Jr. Center has over 650,000 patrons per year. The Tampa Theater is smaller, but it is also listed as a historic landmark. With a classic movie-theater feel, you can still see Hollywood classics on the big screen.

Finally, bring the whole family to the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts and the International Film Fest. With tons of art on display at the Festival of the Arts, you can see artists from around the world show off their craft. The Gasparilla International Film Fest is renowned in the independent film industry, offering support to small projects both foreign and domestic.

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